Ministry of Justice to Issue Requirements for Granting Visa to non-Japanese Nationals
The Ministry of Justice, on March 17, announced to issue a guideline outlining requirements for non-Japanese nationals in Japan to changing and extending visa status. Currently, the decision to grant or extend visa status is left to the discretion of immigration officers and the system has been criticized as lacking transparency by applicants and businesses. By including objective standards, the guideline aims to be comprehensive to non-Japanese nationals. The guideline is expected to be released within 2007.
Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law provides that the Minister of Justice grant permissions for changes and extensions to visa status. In practice, the authority is delegated to regional immigration control officers where permission is granted based on the officer’s overall examination of lives and activities of applicants through document submissions and interviews. Currently, no documents exist that explicitly state the requirements for granting permissions. [NIKKEI NET]
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